Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Interior Styling: Top Tips part 2

Honey Interior Design recently worked with the Dulux Design Service & Potton Homes. I was asked to speak at a workshop to provide self-builders with some key areas for consideration on the internal styling of their new homes. Here are the second set of 3 tips to helping achieve the interior you want – and some lovely pictures of the Potton Show homes at St Neots. Although I presented to Self-builders – these tips can apply to the refurbishment of your existing home too! 4. Existing Vs New. Your home should be a reflection of those that live within. Consideration should always be given to how much you bring with you from  your existing home to your new home. If you are simply refurbishing an existing space – how much should you keep? I personally believe your home should tell a story of who you are – your history and life. This doesn’t mean keeping everything and having a cluttered interior – but a newly decorated space should not be devoid of character and identity. 5. Style & colour. Keep a scrapbook – physically or on-line. This will give you a real sense of what you like / don’t like. Even if you are considering using an interior designer to help you design and style your home – any back ground work that you have done to help identify your style will be of great help to any professional – and give them a great springboard to pull together an interior scheme you’ll love. Inspiration pictures don’t have to be of interiors – it could be an item of clothing, piece of art, or...
Coastal style

Coastal style

I’ve already blogged about bringing a Tropical feel to your interior – but what about inspiration from closer to home? The UK has a long coast line and so it makes sense that many of us want to bring coastal style into our homes. Coastal style, sea-side or lake inspired interiors are great fun and easy to achieve. You can really go all out – or just give a gentle nod to the theme. For a deck-chair feel try Juliet Taylor Fabrics – from Ocean Living, Island Style to Beach Hut. The collections are enough to have you booking a weekend at the sea-side – if you know me then my spare room is ready! The deck chair stripe evokes child hood visits to the beach, ice creams and Punch & Judy shows and adds a punch of colour and fun – whilst a more grown up coastal feel can be achieved using striped fabrics with blue, white and sandy neutrals.   Nautical fabric prints are another obvious choice to add to the coastal style. From boats, rope or knot patterns, to all manner of creatures from the deep! Use them on blinds & curtains or on cushions and upholstery.   It’s not just about the fabrics – consider the whole of your room when working on any scheme. For sea-side interiors white washed floorboards, or white wood plank walls work well as do painted furniture, flooring and panelling that has a weathered and distressed look . Choose accessories that use chunky rope – such as lanterns or on lamp bases or even door stops. Sea glass and vases in sea jewel colours can be used to good effect....
Is your interior design style eclectic?

Is your interior design style eclectic?

I love an eclectic feel in my own home – and more and more we hear people describing their design taste or interior design style as “eclectic” but what does that really mean? My understanding of eclectic is that it means you select or derive your ideas, style, or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources. In terms of eclectic interior design that could mean that you love the Queen Anne chair that your grandmother gave to you, and are quite happy for it to sit alongside your mid-century sofa and industrial style side-board. Using this interpretation would mean that one persons eclectic interior looks very different to another – as we all choose the individual elements that we love and appeal to us! And that is what I love about eclectic style – that it is fun and quirky and above all can really tell you something about the people who live in a home and what appeals to them! I love getting packages in the post  -and even more so when they are new pattern books. The Ephemera pattern book from Linwood arrived recently and I could barely contain my excitement – I want to use just about every fabric and I’m on the look out for interior design schemes where they might work. The looks that these fabrics achieve would definitely add an eclectic feel – especially when used in unusual ways! It’s also about the items you collect and how you curate them in your interior. Here’s an example – an industrial feel white locker sideboard on which sits 19th century candle snuffer and cheese...
A Tropical touch for your home interior

A Tropical touch for your home interior

Is summer finally here? As I sit here typing with a view of the sea and the sun shining it certainly feels summery – if not quite tropical! There are some lovely new textiles out from Clarke & Clarke. “Inspired by the French countryside, the Fougères collection is elegant, charming, classical and contemporary. It has a vintage feel and the palette includes natural, noir, raspberry and citrus”.  The pineapple trend seems to be staying on course and Clarke & Clarke have a lovely new print – Ananas – from their Fougères collection. Shown here made up as a lamp shade – this would also look great as a cushion (perhaps piped in a bright pink or lime green?) or as a Roman blind. My long time favourites Rockett St George never let me down for interior styling – and have plenty to offer with a tropical theme. A pineapple nightlight, vase and ornament can all be snapped up plus melamine plates featuring tropical birds, and don’t forget to add the Toucan snow globe (yes really!) to your basket before you check out. The Barneby Gates pineapple wallpaper, also available from Rockett St George, in pink/ red is another winner for me. This would look great in a cloak room – what a great feature wallpaper. Just looking at it makes me smile! If you haven’t already, then check out the Rockett St George summer look book here Rocket St George Look Book I also love the Flamingo print from Clarke & Clarke which is in the Fougères collection. Seen here made up as a Roman blind. Flamingo’s seem to be making something of a comeback right now....
Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

Stick ‘em up!! Using stickers in your interior.

If you want to change the interior design scheme for a room in your house but don’t want the commitment, or time and money investment, of paint or wallpaper then using decorative stickers could be the answer. The applications are endless. Decorative stickers are good for renters, short term solutions such as a baby’s room, or other rooms where you know the function, look or purpose will change. They can be used to add interest or focal point to a kitchen, dining room, living room or bedroom. Stickers are also good for those who are nervous about wallpaper – a first step from a plain painted wall if you are not feeling brave enough for the permanence of wallpaper. You can get some really quirky, interesting designs that can add a little bit extra to your design – making your interior design scheme bespoke and giving it some wow factor. You can use them in unusual places too – such as on the risers of stairs (try numbers / phrases or even playful creatures), on furniture or round the edge of a mirror. Try Not On The High Street http://www.notonthehighstreet.com/ or Brume http://www.brume.co.uk/c/3/decorative-wall-stickers for some interesting...